What does tough mean?

Definitions for tough
tʌftough

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tough.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. street fighter, toughnoun

    someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing

  2. hood, hoodlum, goon, punk, thug, tough, toughie, strong-armernoun

    an aggressive and violent young criminal

  3. bully, tough, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobboadjective

    a cruel and brutal fellow

  4. toughadjective

    not given to gentleness or sentimentality

    "a tough character"

  5. rugged, toughadjective

    very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution

    "a rugged competitive examination"; "the rugged conditions of frontier life"; "the competition was tough"; "it's a tough life"; "it was a tough job"

  6. tough, toughenedadjective

    physically toughened

    "the tough bottoms of his feet"

  7. sturdy, toughadjective

    substantially made or constructed

    "sturdy steel shelves"; "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal"

  8. ruffianly, toughadjective

    violent and lawless

    "the more ruffianly element"; "tough street gangs"

  9. bad, toughadjective

    feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')

    "my throat feels bad"; "she felt bad all over"; "he was feeling tough after a restless night"

  10. toughadjective

    resistant to cutting or chewing

  11. hard, toughadjective

    unfortunate or hard to bear

    "had hard luck"; "a tough break"

  12. baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, toughadjective

    making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

    "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"

Wiktionary

  1. toughnoun

    A person who obtains things by force; a thug or bully.

    They were doing fine until they encountered a bunch of toughs from the opposition.

  2. toughverb

    To endure.

  3. toughverb

    To toughen.

  4. toughadjective

    strong and resilient; sturdy

    The tent, made of tough canvas, held up to many abuses.

  5. toughadjective

    difficult to cut or chew

    To soften a tough cut of meat, the recipe suggested simmering it for hours.

  6. toughadjective

    rugged or physically hardy

    Only a tough species will survive in the desert.

  7. toughadjective

    Stubborn.

    He had a reputation as a tough negotiator.

  8. toughadjective

    harsh or severe

  9. toughadjective

    rowdy or rough.

    A bunch of the tough boys from the wrong side of the tracks threatened him.

  10. toughadjective

    difficult or demanding

    This is a tough crowd.

  11. toughadjective

    Undergoing plastic deformation before breaking.

  12. Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. TOUGHadjective

    Etymology: toh , Saxon.

    Of bodies some are fragile, and some are tough, and not fragile. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    The bow he drew,
    And almost join’d the horns of the tough eugh. Dryden.

    Fate with nature’s law would strive,
    To shew plain-dealing once an age may thrive;
    And when so tough a frame she could not bend,
    Exceeded her commission to befriend. Dryden.

    O sides you are too tough!
    Will you yet hold? William Shakespeare.

    A body made of brass the crone demands
    For her lov’d nursling, strung with nerves of wire,
    Tough to the last, and with no toil to tire. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tough

    having the quality of flexibility without brittleness; yielding to force without breaking; capable of resisting great strain; as, the ligaments of animals are remarkably tough

  2. Tough

    not easily broken; able to endure hardship; firm; strong; as, tough sinews

  3. Tough

    not easily separated; viscous; clammy; tenacious; as, tough phlegm

  4. Tough

    stiff; rigid; not flexible; stubborn; as, a tough bow

  5. Tough

    severe; violent; as, a tough storm

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tough

    tuf, adj. not easily broken: firm: stiff, viscous, sticky: stubborn, hard to manage, trying: violent: tenacious: able to endure hardship.—n. a rough, a bully.—v.t. or v.i. Tough′en, to make or become tough.—adj. Tough′ish, rather tough.—adv. Tough′ly.—n. Tough′ness. [A.S. tóh; cog. with Ger. zähe.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tough' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3162

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tough' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2971

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tough' in Adjectives Frequency: #328

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tough in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tough in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of tough in a Sentence

  1. Dave Gallo:

    We spent two months in that area and found absolutely nothing. That brought mistrust from the industry, looking at something that is 500 days old is going to be tough.

  2. Brian LaVigne:

    My dad was tough as nails, just like the dogs are, so it's nice to know that he's still kind of out here with us.

  3. Veronique Gillardeau:

    You can't say activity is like it was before COVID. As long as the restaurants are shut, it's going to be tough for us.

  4. Steve Bannon:

    Border Patrol told us it's the No. 1 most important miles to close. The tough terrain always left it off the government list, and that's what we focus on -- private land that is not in the program and take the toughest first.

  5. Jim Mattis:

    How do we take Turkey's legitimate security concerns and enhance their security... at the same time, the SDF was the only organization at the time that was able to throw ISIS off the track and defeat them in the field in very, very tough fighting and we will not simply cast that organization aside.

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